Voice Recognition

Kelly Slaybaugh

Read: John 10:22-30

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (v. 27)

My elderly mother-in-law recently received a phone call from a man claiming to be her grandson. The man told her that he was out of town and had a run of bad luck. Could she please send him money? She quickly cut him off saying, “Young man. I know my grandson’s voice—and you are most certainly not him. Good day.” Knowing her loved one’s voice saved her from walking a path that would inevitably lead to pain and loss.

In a similar way, at the time of the Feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem, the Jews who had gathered around Jesus in the temple demanded that he tell them plainly if he was the Messiah. Jesus replied that his sheep know his voice and he knows his sheep. He is not a stranger to them, and they are not strangers to him. Jesus said that he already told this to those who were demanding a sign, yet they didn’t believe him, and it wouldn’t matter what he did, because they were not his sheep.

So many voices call for our attention, and if we are not careful, they can lead us down a path filled with pain and suffering. But we are Jesus’ sheep and we know his voice. So, with each voice we hear today, let’s consider whether it sounds like what Jesus would say. If not, let’s dismiss that voice and follow the voice of our Good Shepherd. —Kelly Slaybaugh

As you pray, ask God to help you recognize his voice above all others.